UFC Fight Night 45: John Lineker Is Sure He Will Make Weight

Kyle Symes@ksymes88Correspondent IIIJuly 15, 2014

Feb 1, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; John Lineker (red gloves) before his fight against Ali Bagautinov (blue gloves) during UFC169 at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

John Lineker has a fight with Alptekin Ozkilic at this Wednesday's UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Miller, but he also has another battle on his hands.

The Brazilian must first make the 126-pound weight limit for a flyweight contest, something Lineker feels will happen without an issue, via Marcelo Russio of Combate.com (translated by Bloody Elbow).

I'm fine with my weight now, I'm only 0,8 pound above of the divisional limit. Fortunately, we did a very good job with a lot of professionals: physician, nutritionist and physiologist. I'm sure that I'll be in the right weight with no problem. This first win is already mine

Lineker has struggled to make weight during his UFC tenure, missing weight on three occasions. The UFC has kept him around despite the weight struggles, mainly due to the lack of depth within the flyweight division and the fact that he's been pretty exciting in his victories.

The Brazilian was on a four-fight winning streak with three of those wins coming by way of TKO before running into Ali Bagautinov at UFC 169.

Lineker has the makings to be a star in the division if he can get his weight struggles under control. He's won his fair share of fights in exciting fashion, but the UFC won't tolerate the guessing game on weigh-in day if the results aren't there.

Hopefully, Lineker really does have his weight under control. The last thing he needs when facing Ozkilic, who will look to grind him down, is to tax his body even more in the sauna.